According to police data, nine persons were murdered, nine died in road accidents, and eight drowned.
The move marks the first time since the National League for Democracy took power in 2016 that commercial venues are to be allowed.
The number of drug-related arrests during the Thingyan water festival was higher than last year, Burma’s national police announced today.
The Buddhist New Year celebration, “Thingyan,” is synonymous with water festival in Burma. But one side of the annual holiday often forgotten is the spiritual roots of the festival.
Most problems were concentrated in Burma’s largest cities, but accidents involving pilgrims in other parts of the country have claimed nearly a dozen lives.
Eleven other people aboard the white canter car that crashed as it was traveling to Rangoon on a pilgrimage suffered serious injuries.